LAS VEGAS, NV Those Bruins fans looking to start planning their season plans for attending games involving the Black and Gold will get their chance on Thursday.
The NHL will release their full schedule of games at the end of the week prior to the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh after the club announced today that their exhibition schedule opens on Sept. 25 against the Washington Capitals.
Interestingly the Bruins will also play a pair of exhibition games against the Winnipeg Jets in Saskatoon and Winnipeg, but thats separate from the NHL regular season everyone hopes isnt affected by pending CBA negotiations this summer.
Thats the goal were shooting for, said Bettman. We traditionally try to release it prior to the draft.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the schedule would be out at the end of the week, and also that the star-crossed Coyotes franchise will still remain in Phoenix when the schedule does come out. That doesnt lock them in for the season in Glendale, but Bettman said thats the expectation from the league.
The Coyotes have been scheduled to play in Phoenix. Our hope and expectation is that all of the efforts that have been worked on and continue to be worked on will come to fruition, said Bettman. Its my anticipation and expectation that the Coyotes will play in Phoenix.
Another anticipation and expectation is that the Bruins will play all 82 games theyre scheduled for once it's released on Thursday, but that will be up to Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr once they commence CBA talks in the not too distant future according to the commissioner.